Sett is a Tiny, Green, Modular Studio

Austin-based Sett Studio makes unique and inventive prefab studios ranging in size from about 97 to 192 square feet.  The company pairs modern design with energy-efficient construction to create what can be used as a home office, art studio, yoga space, kids room, game room, or guest room.  Plus, a Sett Studio can be had for about $20,000 – $30,000, depending on the model.

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By |September 28th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Plastic Trash Made in to 3form LineUp

3form makes a resin panel called 100 Percent with 100% post-consumer, recycled, high-density polyethylene. Each panel includes more than 1,000 old milk bottles and can help a project team earn a couple LEED credits.  Well, this year — in time for ICFF, NeoCon, and other design shows — 3form unveiled LineUp, a new 100 Percent collection available in two pattern directions and four colors (beach, husk, stream, and turf).  The collection is suitable for countertops and tabletops, and the panels are 4″ x 8″.

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By |September 28th, 2011|Categories: Recycled, Surfaces|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Affordability Contest Winners – #SD2011

The Solar Decathlon evolved this year with the advent of the Affordability Contest. It replaced the Lighting Design Contest, which was subsumed within other contests in the competition. Pursuant to the rules, teams receive up to 100 points by achieving an estimated construction cost of $250,000 or less. Above that, there’s a sliding scale with no points awarded for homes with a construction cost above $600,000.

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By |September 27th, 2011|Categories: Events, Solar|Tags: |1 Comment

zHomes Use Zero Net Energy in Issaquah

zHome is a contemporary, new, townhome development in Issaquah, Washington.  The homes go on sale this month and have received national attention, such as in the video embedded below with the Wall Street Journal.  Homes in this community will use zero net energy — after considering all energy used and produced during a year — and zHome may just be the first townhome project in the country to achieve such a feat.

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By |September 27th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Townhouse|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

KB Home Unveils Efficient ZeroHouse 2.0

KB Home, a publicly-traded home builder with its headquarters in Los Angeles, this month announced the nationwide roll out of net-zero energy home designs called ZeroHouse 2.0.  The standard KB Home with Energy Star certification is built to save homeowners about $1,000 in average annual energy costs, while a ZeroHouse 2.0 design is expected to eliminate monthly electricity charges.

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By |September 26th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Solar|Tags: , , |2 Comments

BamDeck is a New Bamboo Deck Option

Cali Bamboo is now offering a new product, BamDeck, which is a composite material made with 100% recycled content — 60% recycled bamboo fibers, 40% recycled plastics.  It’s twice as dense and strong as the leading competitor, according to Cali Bamboo, and doesn’t require sealing, painting, or refinishing.  BamDeck comes in four colors (natural, coffee, caramel, and slate) and three surface options (smooth, rigid, or alternating).  Quotes available through Cali Bamboo.

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By |September 25th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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